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Meike Siegner is a board member of the Community Alternatives Co-op, a Vancouver-based initiative for sustainable urban living. As a member of the board, she spearheads the Organizational History and Digital Storytelling project for enhanced social impact. She was previously a teaching assistant at The University of British Columbia where she taught Sustainable Forestry and a former researcher for the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) Competence Centre for Nonprofits & Social Entrepreneurship. She is currently completing her doctorate degree in Sustainable Business Management at The University of British Columbia. Meike will be deployed to the University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City.



Neo Kok-Beng is an award-winning engineer, educator, and entrepreneur. Neo has built a portfolio of highly-scalable and global companies with deep-science in the areas of Biomedical, Financial and Aerospace technologies – through its unique acceleration program that is "Global-Business & World-Class" in approach. He was awarded Singapore's President Design Award, the US Government Innovation Initiative Award, NUS Innovation and Enterprise Award, and an Honorary Fellow award of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations in 2018 for his contributions to engineering in society.  His latest venture is the development of Personal Aerial Vehicle (or “flying car”) for Urban Aerial Mobility communities.

Professor Neo graduated with an MBA at the Nanyang Technological University on Hewlett-Packard Scholarship, and PostGrad Diploma (ICIS) on Singapore Computer Systems Scholarship, and an engineering degree (Hons) from the National University of Singapore.

Neo will be deployed to the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) in Quezon City.


We welcome back the professors who have been part of previous deployments in the previous years and has been actively involved in helping shape the entrepreneurship landscape in the Philippines through the program.



Eugene Noh is the Progam Director of the Bay Area National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps (NSF I-Corps) which provides Lean LaunchPad training for academic researchers and startups with universities such as UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, Stanford University. Previously, Noh served at the CITRIS Foundry of the CITRIS-Banatao Institute at UC Berkeley as the Partnerships Lead. He was also the Venture Lab Manager at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) in UC Berkeley and led an early-stage startup incubator in the College of Engineering where he mentored over 50 teams.

Eugene will be deployed to the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) in Cagayan de Oro City.



Dr. Esther Obonyo is an Associate Professor of Engineering Design and Architectural Engineering of Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Obonyo is also the Strategic Initiatives Director for East Africa of the Penn State Global Programs which facilitates Penn State’s leadership in global engagement through brokering regional partnerships for institution-to-institution collaboration. Dr. Obonyo was also a 2015-2016 Jefferson Science Fellow placed in the USAID Global Development Lab in Washington D.C.

Dr. Obonyo graduated with a degree in Building Economics from the University of Nairobi in 1998. She received her Master of Arts in Architectural Technology from the University of Nottingham, UK in 2000. Finally, she received her doctorate degree in Civil & Building Engineering from the University of Loughborough University, UK in 2004.

Dr. Obonyo was part of the Visiting Professors Program cohorts from 2013-2015. This year, she will deployed to Batangas State University in Batangas City and Saint Louis University (SLU) in Baguio City.